Monday, April 11, 2016

Put the fear of Alleluia in 'em!

I had a pretty good day shooting at Rio Salado Vaqueros practice shoot.  It was a 3 x last man standing affair.  The field was not overwhelming but it did have a World Champion, several World Champion Category shooters, multiple Territorial Champions and of course a Two-time National Champion.  38 shooters in all.  I only had one poor match shooting 57% at mid four speed.  In the other ten matches I shot 89% at mid four speed.  To quote William Munny,  "I was lucky in the order, but then I'm always lucky in the order when......"  Most of the speed ended up shooting in the 2nd chance match.

I mention this only as a prelude to my main point.  The Alleluia training regiment trains gunfighters, not necessarily the quickest but maybe the most deadly.  Saturday shoot, for me was what it always should be, except that one match in which I got flustered and lost the target. 

I am looking for two disciples to train in the Alleluia system for 8 weeks.  I would prefer new shooters because they come without all that baggage, but would consider seasoned shooters who have the right attitude.  Would like one lady and one man. Plan to start May 1 and finish the week before the Pioneer shoot in June.  Prefer folks in the Valley of the Sun so I can meet with them weekly, but  would consider others dedicated to the system.


1.  Must be willing to shoot a minimum of 150 rounds off of the clock a week.  Would plan to meet with you at least once a week in the desert for a practice session.  Normally student would shoot 50 rounds three times a week.  Wax is reusable so 500 wax should be sufficient.

2.  Must be willing to forego the clock except for competition.  You can't learn to be a gunfighter if you have grailfever.

3.  Must be willing to dry fire in front of a mirror on days not shooting live rounds.

4.  Must forgo outside influences.  Only one mentor allowed.  Quickest way to booth hill is to work on your draw during competition.

5. Must acquire practice stand. (about $25)

6. Must agree I can use your alias and story in any future publications.


1.  Goal for the man would be to be a 4 shooter shooting better than 80%.

2.  Goal for the lady would be to be a World Champion.  This is not a higher goal, it just that the next Lady World Champion will be a 4 or 5 shooter shooting better than 60%.

3. My goal is to see if I am in left field or not.  You will be the test of the training regiment.

The Draw:

Most new shooters start out with the level and follow through draw.  They spend months or sometimes years learning to be fast with this technique.  Some become top shooters but most level out in the mid 5s.  Some spend years trying to unlearn the follow through to get truly fast.  We will try to learn the Lock-elbow/Thumb-roll  draw.  If you can't do the lock elbow draw you still can be a 4 flat shooter shooting the level and follow through.  The flail draw is a defect and not an acceptable draw although some shoot world record times with it.  It is a symptom of grailfever.

I plan to video students before, during and after the 8 weeks and give each their reaction/draw splits.

Observation:  I have to end this post with an observation of my idol, Miss Kitty, World Champion.  She is getting ready to hand judge me late in the event and she has her box of 100 cartridges open looking at them.  To me there is no reasonable order to the shot shells and unshot shells so I ask her about it.  She tells me there is a definite order and she can ascertain the hits and misses of each round from the order in the box.  See why she is a world champion.  I got to get her to train me more! She never has, I just pick up tips here and there by watching her.


  1. What was going on near Reno this weekend. I understand that a bunch of really fast shooters got together, and as part of the festivities, a Board of Directors meeting was called. Is someone starting a new organization? I figured you'd have your ear to the ground on this one.

    1. Dontknow. I not fast nor do I think it s speed contest, so I may be on the outside. Some of the grailfever crowd lose sight of who pays the bills.

  2. I'm a new acolyte to Fast Draw, having barely a year in the game. I have trouble visualizing the locked-elbow draw, so I normally default to the level and follow-through. Is there a good tutorial online that will show me what a proper locked-elbow draw looks like?